2019 Newbery/Caldecott Predictions

On Monday morning the American Library Association will announce the winners of their Youth Media Awards. It is probably the most exciting day in children’s literature. In the video below, I share my picks for Newbery and Caldecott. There were so many amazing books published for kids in 2018. I can’t wait to see which books are honored.


Fifth Grade Classroom Library Book Haul | Episode 1

In this video I share the new books I’m adding to my classroom library. Please note that this list is not intended for educators to use for their own book purchases. The books were selected to meet the needs of my students, and it also takes into consideration the books that we already have in our classroom library.

Check out my list of awesome 2019 books by clicking on the link. I’ll be adding to the list throughout the year: https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2019/

The Books My Students Are Reading

My fifth graders and I have spend a lot of time this week preparing for reading over winter break. We’ve listened to book talks, made reading plans, and discussed the things we need to do to be successful readers the next couple of weeks.

In the video below I share the books that my amazing students are currently reading.

To learn more about how we prepare for reading during school breaks, check out the video below.

I’d love to know how you help your readers get ready for reading when they are outside your classroom/school reading community. Please let me know in the comments below the great things you are doing to help your kids.

Books My Fifth Graders Are Reading |November 2018

I cannot believe we have already been in school for more than three months. It has been so much fun watching my students find new authors to love, series to devour, and genres to explore. I thought making a video sharing the books we are reading would be a fun way to share what we’re up to, and celebrate all the awesome readers I have in my class.